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New In Newport: The Sailing Museum

By Editor 2022, May

Found in a historic waterfront building on Thames Street, once home to the America’s Cup press headquarters, The Sailing Museum is already set to be a fixture in the waterfront community of Newport. Its exhibits are designed to celebrate the sport’s long history, highlighting its heritage from around the world while introducing the museum’s youngest visitors to the wonders of sailing.

Developed by the same team behind The National Sailing Hall of Fame, The Sailing Museum is sure to educate and inspire enthusiasts and novices alike. Following years of interest in a museum dedicated to sailing, three years of building renovations (starting in 2019), and months spent planning exhibits and programming, The Sailing Museum opened its doors in May.

The museum features more than 11,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that chronicle the history of the sport while also honoring athletes and teams in the National Sailing Hall of Fame (formerly located in Annapolis, Maryland) and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

Sailing is, for many, a way to learn about teamwork, creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, and responsibility. These life lessons are accessible through many hands-on activities found throughout the museum, including the Emersion Dome, interactive steering activities, and a design-your-own burgee activity (a must-do thrill). Several of the museum exhibitions are purposely focused on engagement, offering educational-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) exhibits sure to entertain the littlest learners while also engaging their families in new ways of thinking.

Whether you’re an experienced sailor or skipper in the making, the museum will certainly have something to offer. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time, with discounts available for military personnel, students, and seniors. Memberships are also available. Visit thesailingmuseum.org for more information.

 

The Sailing Museum 
365 Thames Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

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